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Jake Gets His Second Chance at Love

And I’ll go on record right now that my favorite girl after Episode 1 is Tenley

After months of waiting, "The Bachelor" premiered last night on ABC.

I love this show, and the hopeless romantic in me watches with an open heart and held breath that it will end in a happy ending. The cynical girl who lives just below the surface of my heart watches to see the train wrecks so she can say I told you so. 

When Jake was walking around in his uniform with “On the Wings of Love” playing as the background music, I could actually feel my heart flutter. It was great television and I was hooked within the first five minutes. The pilot gig is sexy, and the uniform is delicious. Chris Harrison was, as always, a great host. Ryan who?
 
I was not a fan of Jake last year. He was a little boring and white toast for me — but I really like him. He is lovely and kind and appears to really be looking for love. He has a Tom Cruise vib,e and that could be both good and bad I suppose. But for me it’s all good.
 
I will go on record right now that my favorite girl after Episode 1 is Tenley. She went in for the first kiss, and I thought it was charming. That she put herself out there after being with only one other person was huge. I remember the first time I kissed a man after my divorce. I burst into tears. It was a very emotional thing and I felt both her fear and her bravery. Her divorce could be a turn-off for Jake so we’ll see.
 
Vienna may be a transvestite, and Michelle could possibly make perfect television. Even if you hate this show, Michelle makes it worth watching. She cried on episode 1, and you know that’s going to be just the beginning of crazy time. 
Elizabeth from Nebraska is stunning but has a hidden mean girl side so she may be a bonus train wreck. Ella, the single mom, is a loon. She is a hairdresser who had the most unattractive hair. I can tell she is going to crack. Can’t wait!
 
Some of these girls are beyond beautiful. I think Gia is so pretty that I can’t wrap my head around her being unlucky in love. Granted she has no personality and appears to not be that smart, but what I wouldn’t give to be in that body for a week. I’d get bored eventually so I guess that’s ultimately her problem with men, but one week would be fantastic.
 
Ali with the sore throat is cute in a Sleeping Beauty kind of way and I think she will be around for a while. Valishia from Carlsbad listed her job as “Homemaker." What does that mean? She had the best dress of the night which was the only memorable thing about her. 
Then there is Channy, who is also a tranny, and he/she had the most mockable moment with her landing strip comment.
 
When the girls were all surprised that they did not get the first impression rose it was hilarious. They seriously all thought it would be them.
 
It is going to be a great season, whether or not you like Jake. The train wrecks are fabulous and the cattiness of the girls is fascinating.
 
I hope Jake finds what he is looking for and that the girl he picks is not a wannabe celebrity like Melissa Rycroft. Don’t even get me started on her. I am thrilled for Jason and Molly, and I wish them all the best with their upcoming wedding.
He dodged a bullet on that one.
 

Ilana Angel is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. She is author of the "Keeping the Faith" singles blog for the Los Angeles Jewish Journal. You can follow her at www.Twitter.com/ilanaangel.